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UIUC ARTH 112 - Michelangelo cont. and Donatello

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Lecture 7Michelangelo (cont.)Very little visual art outside of religious context.Frames surround every painting except the last judgment.Less structured and hierarchical than Giotto’s depiction of the last judgment.Less portrayal of hellJesus and other figures were originally painted nude; another artist covered over it.Pieta (1500)Based on Dante’s “Paradiso”Odd that Mary appears to be visually younger than the man she is holding.Jesus is her son, but she is also his daughter.DonatelloDavid (1440’s)amongst the first to re-visit the contrapposto (counterpoise)Body in one direction, head in another.Portrays the strange psychological moment after David slays Goliath.Almost disturbing about the way he plays with the decapitated head.Somewhat perverseBody is X-Shaped for balanceThis sculpture is a marker that shows change in body ideals over time.Mary Magdalene (1455)Life sized, aesthetically profound. Very expressive.A prostitute, beloved of Jesus.Becomes a desert saint.Beautiful woman whose looks declined after Jesus’s death: sunken eyes, missing teeth.ARTH 112 1st EditionLecture 7- Michelangelo (cont.)o Very little visual art outside of religiouscontext. o Frames surround every painting exceptthe last judgment. Less structured and hierarchicalthan Giotto’s depiction of the lastjudgment. Less portrayal of hell Jesus and other figureswere originally paintednude; another artistcovered over it.o Pieta (1500) Based on Dante’s “Paradiso” Odd that Mary appears to bevisually younger than the manshe is holding.  Jesus is her son, but she is alsohis daughter. - Donatello These notes represent a detailed interpretation of the professor’s lecture. GradeBuddy is best used as a supplement to your own notes, not as a substitute.o David (1440’s)  amongst the first to re-visit thecontrapposto (counterpoise)  Body in one direction, head inanother.  Portrays the strange psychologicalmoment after David slays Goliath. Almost disturbing about the wayhe plays with the decapitatedhead.  Somewhat perverse Body is X-Shaped for balance This sculpture is a marker that showschange in body ideals over time. o Mary Magdalene (1455) Life sized, aesthetically profound. Veryexpressive.  A prostitute, beloved of Jesus. Becomes a desert saint.  Beautiful woman whose looks declinedafter Jesus’s death: sunken eyes,missing


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